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Monday, January 24, 2011

Punch Inspiration 1/25/11

Reading Daily Inspiration Posts

Hi All, I get an occasional email from my readers that they can't open the daily inspiration links I am posting.

Please keep in mind that you actually HAVE TO GO TO THE BLOG to see these links. You can't just click on the links in my email (if you are subscribed to my email list) or click on links in an RSS reader (like google reader).

If you go to my blog and click on the links in my blog post, they should open with no problem. Thanks!  Also, I am coding the links now to open in a new window (or tab, depending on your browser settings).  This will save you from having to use the back button or accidentally closing the window for my blog site.

Thanks for reading and visiting!

Punch Inspiration 1/24/11 & PKS Winner

Hi All, before I get to the inspiration of the day, I wanted to announce the winner of the PKS Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed stamp set from my Thursday blog hop.  The winner is commenter #290, Shauna who had this to say:

Shauna, please email me at to claim your prize!

Ok, on with the inspiration:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Angelica!

The Peach Keen design team gals want to wish you a big happy birthday!  For those of you that don't know, Angelica is our illustrious challenge and blog hop coordinator.  Thanks to her hard work, we are all organized and united so that we can share our creations with all of you.

This little birthday Annie is all for you! (Instructions are below)

Please be sure to check out all of the other great creations on the birthday hop!
Raggedy Ann Step by Step Instructions

1) Punch the following pieces using Stampin' Up! punches:
4 Word Windows in blushing bride (arms, legs and neck)
1 1/4" Circle in blushing bride (head)
2 - 1/2" Circles in blushing bride (hands)
2 Scallop Ovals in cherry cobbler (hair)
Round Tab in plaid print (skirt)
Scallop Square in plaid print (sleeves)
3 Medium Ovals in plaid print (sleeves & collar)
1 3/4" Scallop Circle in green (apron)
Word Window in green (apron straps)
Designer Label in green (apron)
2 - 3/4" Circles in black (shoes)
2 - 1/4" Circles in cherry cobbler (buttons on apron)

2) Cut apart the pieces as follows:
Cut scallop ovals in half.  Cut one of the halves in half to create the bangs.  On 2 of the other halves, trim away 3 scallops on each side to create a pony tail.
Cut one of the blushing bride word windows in half for the legs.
Cut the green word window in half for the apron straps
Cut the round tab in half and glue the pieces together to form the skirt
Trim away the sides and top of the scallop circle for the apron as shown.
Trim about 1/4 off each medium oval to form the sleeves.  Clip 2 sides off the scallop square. Glue on a 2 scallop section onto each sleeve.
Trim one third off each black circle and round out the edges to form shoes.
Cut the designer label in half.  Round out the top. Glue on buttons.
Use a 1/2" circle to punch a curve in the top of the medium oval for the neckline.

3) Assemble as follows:
Sponge the edges of all blushing bride pieces with blushing bride ink.  
Sponge the edges of cherry cobbler pieces with bravo burgundy ink
Stamp the face with Peachy Keen Rag Doll Faces stamp set (found HERE).  Add highlights to eyes with unibal gel pen. Color nose and mouth with cherry cobbler marker.  Add blush to cheeks with regal rose ink and stipple brush.
Glue bangs onto head and trim away excess.  Glue on pony tails and attach small ribbons with glue dots.
Glue straps onto top of apron.  Glue top of apron onto skirt piece. 
Glue skirt onto bottom of apron.  Glue neckline piece behind apron straps.  Glue sleeves onto each side of apron.  Attach neck to back of dress.  Attach head to neck with dimensional.
Glue arms onto body.  Attach hands with dimensionals.
Glue legs onto body.  Attach shoes with dimensionals.
Balloons were created by gluing the small heart from Heart to Heart onto the bottom of a 1" Circle.  

Punch Inspiration 1/22/11

My Life in Scraps

Valentines Dress (tutorial)


Glimmer Bird

Punch finds are short today.  Please come back later today for another fun tutorial!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge #8

Good morning all! It's been a pretty busy week here and I have another cute punch art idea for you!  The Let's Face it Friday ladies needed to come up with an idea centered around X's & O's.  So, of course I got to use my Love Impressions designer paper from Stampin' Up!.  Peachy Keen came out with the new Valentine/St Pattys stamp release yesterday and Kathy outdid herself again!  My NEW favorite face set was in the batch.  It's called Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed (check it out HERE).  I used the 1 1/8" size set for the puppy face.  Be sure to visit the challenge site HERE and check out the other great projects.  Play along in the challenge for a chance to win a new Cricut Cartridge!

The puppy was created using the Ornament punch for the head, Large Oval for the ears, Medium Oval for the paws and Wide Oval for the body.  I used close to cocoa textured cardstock.  Clip top off ornament and round out bottom. Sponge edges of all cocoa pieces with chocolate chip ink.  Stamp PKS face with black staz on.  Add white highlight to nose with unibal gel pen.  Apply rose ink to cheeks with stipple brush.  Color tongue with cherry cobbler marker, inside of mouth with zig pen and add some depth around the mouth and eyes with a blender pen and cocoa ink.  Attach ears with dimensionals.  Attach head to body with dimensional.  Attach paws to sign with dimensionals.  The greeting is from the Stampin' Up! Seasonal Sentiments stamp set.

I wish you could see this card in person!  I also used the Stampin' Up! red glitter paper and it's so gorgeous!  I've used a lot of glitter papers in my crafting lifetime but I have NEVER worked with paper this awesome!

Punch Inspiration 1/21/11

Hey Cupcake!

Valentine Mailbox

Whoo Loves You Baby?

Fuzzy New Friends

Be My Freaky Valentine

Valentines Dresser

Love Soup

Key to My Heart

Hanging Heart Candy Box

Please be sure to come back today at 10 am for the Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge.  I have another fabulous punch art idea to share!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Peachy Keen Valentine Blog Hop

It's time for another Peachy Keen new release blog hop!  If you came here from Viv's wonderful blog, you are on the right track. The stamps for this release are Valentines and St Patty's Day themed.  There were 3 new AWESOME face sets that came out!  I was so excited to be assigned to my favorite face set called Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed (PK-757).  The new sets go on sale today, so you gotta go check them out HERE (and there is a sale to!).
Leave a comment and tell me which of the new face sets is your favorite.  I will draw a random name and post the winner on Sunday.  Please be sure to check back to see if you won!

Check out this little mouse box I created with my new favorite face stamps (step by step instructions are below the hop list)

For a chance to win lots of other goodies, be sure to jump over to the other stops on the hop.  There is a free set to be won at EVERY stop!  Head on over to Lorie's awesome blog for the next stop on the hop!  If you are lost, check out the list below for all the stops:

Peachy Keen Blog -
Kathy -
Viv -
Kim -
Lorie -
Heidi -
Janice -
Joanna -
Nikki -
Erin -
Emma -
Ruthie -
Samantha -
Lisa -
Angelica -

Step by Step Tutorial for Valentine Mouse Box

Punch the following pieces using Stampin' Up! punches:
2 Creamy Caramel 1 3/4" Circles - BODY
4 Creamy Caramel Modern Labels - ARMS & LEGS
1 Creamy Caramel Ornament - HEAD
2 Creamy Caramel 1 3/8" Circles - EARS
2 Creamy Caramel Medium Ovals - FEET
2 Creamy Caramel 3/4" Circles - PAWS
2 Blushing Bride 1" Circles - EARS
1 Creamy Caramel 2 Step Bird branch - TAIL


1) Trim the top off ornament and round out pointed bottom.  Clip about one quarter off the bottom of each medium oval piece to form feet.  Trim the leaves off the branch to form the tail.  Sponge the edges of all caramel pieces with close to cocoa ink.  Sponge the edges of the blushing bride circles with blushing bride ink.

2) Glue pink circles onto inside of 1 3/8" circles for ears.  Glue 1 3/4" Circles together for body.  Stamp face onto ornament using the Peachy Keen 1 1/8" Wide Eyed & Bushy Tailed stamp set (PK-758).  Color in whites of eyes, highlights and teeth with a unibal white gel pen.  Add color to the eyelids with blender pen and cocoa ink.  Apply regal rose ink to cheeks with stipple brush (or lightly with sponge/dauber).

3) Glue ears onto back of head. Attach head to body with dimensional.  Glue legs onto body.  Attach feet to legs with dimensionals.  Glue tail onto body.  Glue arms onto body and attach paws with dimensionals (be sure to have "right" side of arms flat down on table (this is because arms will fold forward onto box.  Assembled mouse looks like this:

Triangle Treat Box Assembly:

Cut a piece of acetate (window sheet/transparency) 5 3/4" x 5 3/4".
Along one side, score at  1 3/4", 3 1/2" & 5 1/4"
Along other side, score at 1 1/4" & 4 1/2"

Cut away the top and bottom sections as shown in this diagram:

Apply sticky strip or other strong clear adhesive to the 1/2" tab on the right side of the box as shown above.  Sharpen the score marks.  Adhere the 1/2" tab onto the other end of the box to form a triangular shaped tube.   Fold the triangles at the top and bottom of the box inwards to close the end.  Tape the bottom closed.  Leave the top untaped so you can add treats.  This box was created for the Reeses valentine peanut butter hearts.  I think that the Hershey's Bliss heart candies may also fit.  You can stack 6 hearts perfectly inside the box.  

Attach mouse to back of box.  Use dimensionals to attach paws to sides of box.  Stamp and attach tag to box.

Punch Inspiration 1/20/11

Please be sure to come back at 7 pm today for the Peachy Keen new release blog hop.  I have an awesome new tutorial for a valentine candy box!

Love Impressions Heart Box

Box Full of Kisses

Butterfly Box

Valentine Defined #3

Punch Art Dino

Flying Hearts

Valentines Turtles

Valentine Nugget Tin

Valentine Gift Box

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Raggedy Andy

I had so much fun with my Raggedy Ann that I had to make a Raggedy Andy. As much as I liked my Raggedy Ann, I needed to make a smaller piecing so it could easily fit on an A2 size card. I came up with this cute little guy. I found that I liked the blushing bride color for the skin tone over the crumb cake which looked a little washed out in my photos.

I featured this little guy on my Split Coast Stampers tutorial today. This week, my Sliding Pop Up card is the technique of the week. Check out the tutorial HERE.  Here is the card I created with my Raggedy Andy (tutorial is below).

EDIT: I've had a few people ask.  I used the Sizzix Valentines #4 embossing folder set to create the background on this card.

Raggedy Andy Instructions:

1) Punch the following pieces:

3 Word Windows in blushing bride (arms & neck)
1 1/4" Circle in blushing bride (head)
1/2" Circles in blush blossom (hands)
2 Word Windows in blue (bibs)
Large Tag (used to be labeled small tag in catalog) in blue (bibs)
Designer Label in blue (bibs)
2 Small Ovals in stripe (sleeves)
Medium Oval in stripe (shirt)
3/4" Circles in black (shoes)
2 Scallop Ovals in cherry cobbler (hair)
1 3/8" Square punch in vanilla (hat)
1/4" Circle punch in cherry cobbler (buttons)

2) Cut one third off on each of the striped small ovals to create the sleeves.  Cut both blue word windows in half.  Round out the ends.  Cut th designer label in half.  Round out the top corners.  Glue buttons onto bibs and draw button holes.  Cut one scallop oval in half.  Sponge edges with chocolate chip. Sponge edges of all blushing bride pieces with blushing bride  Sponge edges of blue pieces with not quite navy ink.  For hat, cut square in half corner to corner.  Cut one of the halves into half.   Sponge edges with crumb cake ink and glue smaller triangle onto larger triangle.  Cut a 1/2" wide strip.  Attach onto bottom of hat with dimensional and trim ends. Trim a little off the bottom of each black circle and round edges to create shoes.                                                                     

3) Glue straps onto top of designer label.  Using a 1/2" circle punch, punch a small half circle into the center top of the medium oval to create the neckline.  Glue onto back of straps.  Glue sleeves behind straps.  Glue designer label onto top of large punch piece. Glue cuffs to pants.  Draw on details and add highlights on pants with blender pen and navy ink.  Attach feet with dimensionals.  Glue neck onto back of body.  Using the Peachy Keen Rag Doll Faces stamp set (found HERE), stamp the face onto the 1 1/4" circle.  Add highlights to eyes with unibal gel pen and color nose and cheek hearts with cherry cobbler marker.  Glue scallop oval onto top of head and trim away the top.  Glue the other scallop oval halves onto back of head.  Attach hat with dimensional.  Attach head to neck with dimensional.  Attach hands to arms with dimensionals.  The string of hearts in his hands in the card sample are just 3/4" punched circles glued end to end with a red glitter heart popped onto the center of each circle.

Sliding Pop Up Card Tutorial

Hello Everyone, today is Technique Wednesday over at Splitcoast Stampers.  My sliding pop up card is this week's technique.  I finally made my first YouTube instructional video.  Please check it out and let me know what you think!

My Raggedy Andy punch art is posted today in a separate blog entry.  Please check out the written tutorial HERE.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bear Love Candy Tin

EDIT: Please note, if you are unable to download my tutorial, you can see the full color tutorial in the January issue of Papers & Pixels magazine which is free to subscribe.  I've had a few people ask where I got my tins.  I bought mine from Stampin' Up! which are now on the clearance rack (so I'm not sure how long the stock will last).  SKS Bottle has a good price on the hinged tins.  You can find them HERE.

Today is the publication of the January issue of Papers & Pixels.  If you haven't done so already, please visit the site and sign up for free HERE!  I wrote this tutorial for the Valentines issue.  There is a direct link to download the step by step tutorial in pdf format under the picture.  I upgraded my Media Fire account so you will get a direct download link now.  In case you missed it, you may want to check out my tutorial for the December issue HERE.

Please note, some antivirus softwares may block hotlinks from working.  If this happens when you click on the above link, try temporarily shutting off antivirus to download the file.  If you are using google chrome, a little message will pop up at the bottom of the screen warning you about downloading files.  Click on Download and then open the folder after it's done downloading.  The download link has been tested and is working.  Thanks

Punch Inspiration 1/14/11

Valentine Treat Holder

Matchbox Paper Roses

Dimensional Balloons

Patriotic Hello

Owl True Love

Inside Out Birthday

Sweetie Box

Valentine Bird Cage

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Viewing my Inspiration Links

Hello all, I have been getting great feedback from my readers today. It seems that the links that open in a new window are a big hit!

I just want to clarify a couple things for anyone using Google Reader (or any other RSS reader) or email subscription.

Currently, the links DO NOT work in the reader or email. If you want to view the links, you will need to visit my blog post to check them out. Thanks!

Please bear with me....

Hi All, I've been working on a new linking strategy for my daily inspiration posts. Instead of posting the URL, I've been posting a description with a clickable link. I also added coding on those links so that when you click on a link, it will open a new tab or window.

I've gotten some random feedback that the links may not be working in RSS Readers or if you are on my email subscription list.

I may have to abondon the coding for opening a new tab or window because of this. I will continue to show the description with a link though. Please be patient with me. I'm trying to get this whole thing worked out! Please don't unsubscribe from my RSS Feed or email subscriptions. I promise I'll get this fixed soon! Thanks everyone.

I have some great projects coming up this month and I don't want anyone to miss them!

Punch Inspiration 1/12/11

Valentine Heart Punch Couple

Valentine Defined

Simple Valentine

Vintage Potpourri

Valentine Box

Heart Ornament

How to make a perfect bow tutorial

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Punch Inspiration 1/11/11

LOOK! It's all 1's today.

Filled with Love

Pretty Chickadee

Eat Chocolate

Robot Valentine

Pop Up Snowman  
Don't have the Sizzix pop up die?  No problem, check out my tutorial HERE.

Hot Air Balloon

Pink Butterfly

Monday, January 10, 2011

Punch Inspiration 1/10/11

EDIT: some of the links were not working this morning. They have all been corrected. Thanks for checking back.

Hearts in a Row

Valentines Teddy

Patchwork Hearts

Nautica Birthday

Fly in My Soup

Birthday Rear

3-D Project Ideas:
Valentine Cone

Snowman Treat Box

Friday, January 7, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge #7

We're back for another Peachy Keen Challenge!  Please join the PKS design team for another fun Lets Face It Friday challenge HERE.  The challenge this week was to create a thank you card using a Peachy Keen face stamp.  I wanted to use my PKS Rag Doll Faces set (PK-673).  Instructions for making this Raggedy Ann is below.  Play along on the challenge for a chance to win the Critter Faces stamp set!

Punches needed (all Stampin' Up):
Ornament in crumb cake - HEAD
Small & Large Oval in crumb cake - ARMS & LEGS
1 3/8" Circle in vanilla - COLLAR
1 3/4" Scallop Circle in cherry cobbler - HAIR
12 Small hearts in cherry cobbler - HAIR & COLLAR
2 3/8" Scallop Circle in patterned paper - DRESS

1) To create the arms and legs, first punch the small oval in crumb cake.  Line up the large oval over the top of the punched hole as shown.

2) Punch all of the pieces as shown:

3) Stamp the PKS Rag Doll face.  Color the nose and cheeks with cherry cobbler marker.  Add highlights to eyes with white gel pen.  Round out the arms and feet.  Sponge the edge of all crumb cake pieces with chocolate chip ink.  Cut the 1 3/4" scallop circle in half and then trim away one scallop to create the hair pieces.  Cut the vanilla circle in half.  Glue a heart in the center of half circle to create collar.  Trim away 3 scallops on each side of the 2 3/8" scallop circle to create the dress (2 scallops are at the top for the neckline).  Sponge the edges of all cherry cobbler pieces with chocolate ink.  Glue 4 upright hearts end to end.  Glue 2 hearts together and flip upside down and glue to bottom of 4 heart string to create a braid.  Create the other braid in the same manner. Tie a ribbon onto each braid.  Glue the top hair pieces and braids to head.  Attach collar to dress with dimensional.  Glue arms and legs onto back of dress.  Glue head onto back of dress.

Punch Inspiration 1/7/11

I'll be posting a punch art tutorial today at 10 am, so please be sure to check back later this morning!

3-D project idea:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Punch Inspiration 1/5/11

3-D Project Idea:

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you to Lisa Young who recently awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award!  She is also an inspiration to me, so please take the time to visit her blog HERE.

Part of receiving this award is the following:
  • Thank the person who gave you the award on your blog
  • Share 8 things about yourself
  • Pass this award onto 8 other bloggers that inspire you
8 blogs that inspire me include:

  • I'm an accountant for my day job - far from creative!
  • I've been crafting most of my life - with fabric!  My first creations were handmade barbie doll clothes when I was only 8.  I discovered paper crafts 11 years ago (and consequently haven't done much sewing since!)
  • I'm primarily left handed, but because I was forced by my teachers to write and do other tasks with my right hand, I became ambidextrous.  I write and eat with my left hand and do everything else with my right hand (I still don't know why teachers back in the 70's thought it was bad to be a leftie?)
  • I'm the queen of useless information.  I can answer most questions about pop culture, 80's music, tv and movies.  Plus I can sing just about any song from the 80's that you throw at me (funny how those silly lyrics stick in your head).
  • I was once on tv for about 30 seconds.  I sad next to Tom Wopat when he did an introductory segment on Nashville Now (incidentally, he wore A LOT of makeup but he was my favorite Duke Boy).
  • I've driven every kind of junky car imaginable from my first car which was a rusted out Plymouth Horizon to a Renault Alliance that would overheat if allowed to idle for more than 30 seconds.  Consequently, I've learned a lot about mechanics over the years and can change my own tires, oil, spark plugs, etc. 
  • I'm 36 and have never had a cavity (I still cross my fingers every time I go to the dentist).
  • I love horror and sci-fi movies and dislike romantic comedies (although the 40 Year Old Virgin was pretty funny).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Punch Inspiration 1/2/11

3-D Gift Idea:

Love Bot Treat Box

Time for a Valentine project! This cute Love Bot Treat Box was created with Stampin' Up! punches, a paper cutter and a score board (or scoring blade).  No fancy templates are used for this project.  The overall dimensions are approximately 8 1/2" tall and 4" wide.  The top opens so that you don't have to rip the box open to get the candies out.  Full color step by step instructions for only $2.50.

These is a digital class that is delivered via download. After completing payment, you will receive an email from Fast Wagon with a link to download the class. If you don't receive the email, please check your spam box before contacting me.  If you plan on ordering classes from me in the future, you may want to add to your address book to avoid spam filtering.

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